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Relief from the drought on the way?

As many of you know by now, parts of eastern Iowa are under a moderate drought. The rest is under abnormally dry conditions.

Believe it or not, most locations are still above average for yearly precipitation. This is thanks primarily to a very wet May. Precipitation has slowed since as the red line has leveled off.

Since our precip has become fairly level, drought conditions have crept in but we may be in for a pattern change. Here is a look at the 7 day forecast as of 9/7/2019.

According to the Weather Prediction Center, a healthy 1-2 inches of rain should be expected over this time with locally higher amounts possible.

Looking beyond the next 7 days, the Climate Prediction Center forecasts a slight chance for above normal precipitation into the middle of September.

Even the 1 month outlook (entirety of September) shows a chance for above average rainfall.

There isn’t much of a signal either way for the three month outlook covering September, October, and November.

Bottom line: rain is on the way, at least in the short to medium term. Hopefully we can start to claw our way out of the dry conditions.

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Brandon Libby


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